Regulations and compliance requirements are constantly changing, and this can make it challenging to efficiently maintain compliance. By incorporating a cybersecurity meta framework it’s easy to ensure you’re compliant with industry and government regulations.
What is a Meta Framework?
Most simply stated, a meta framework is a framework of frameworks.
Described in more detail, it is a framework that includes a set of core interfaces for common services that flexibly integrates with other frameworks.
In practice, it is a control set that is mapped to industry frameworks and regulations, which enables a company’s control set to be mapped to its business data.
How Does a Cybersecurity Meta Framework Effect Compliance?
When it comes to compliance, there is generally more than one requirement that a company must address. For instance, if an access control related to a password policy is changed, it is likely it will be changed for numerous regulations and standards. Rather than making each change individually, a meta framework can ensure that only one change is needed, resulting in greater efficiency and fewer errors.
When an underlying industry framework or regulation changes, it can be messy. If the framework is not mapped correctly, it can be difficult to understand which controls support which regulations. This can make it challenging and cumbersome to update control changes to ensure compliance.
By using a meta framework you change the mapping to a single control only once, no matter how many times the change needs to be executed because a meta framework maps to downstream industry frameworks and regulations.
In the ever-changing landscape of industry frameworks and regulations, a meta framework adds value by enabling companies to separate their business data.
The Secure Controls Framework: A Cybersecurity Meta Framework Standard
For companies that need a place to start, consider The Secure Controls Framework (SCF), an industry-standard meta framework for internal controls. Defined by the SFC Council, the SCF is a “comprehensive catalog of controls” that was created “to enable companies to design, build and maintain secure processes, systems and applications.” It covers both cybersecurity and privacy and includes nearly 950 controls.
The SCF is included in ProcessUnity’s Cybersecurity Program Management software and delivers efficient compliance management and downstream mapping of control standards to almost 100 cybersecurity and privacy frameworks and regulations.
Additional Benefits of a Cybersecurity Meta Framework
Added benefits for companies that incorporate a meta framework:
- Allows companies to set up their own customized control set to address their unique cybersecurity and privacy needs
- Enables developers, project managers, cybersecurity teams and privacy teams to easily collaborate, manage requirements and speak the same language
- Promotes a data-centric, holistic approach towards security
- Delivers a comprehensive catalog of controls that is designed to enable companies to create, build and maintain secure processes, systems and applications
For insight into how a cybersecurity meta framework can drive compliance and bring efficiency to your organization, set up a demo today.